Somnath earned his M.S degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, under the supervision of professor Krishna P. Kaliappan. He worked on novel synthetic methods for carbasugars. He came to Oregon State University, to pursue his Ph.D. degree. He joined Professor James D. White’s lab and worked on the total synthesis of providencin, a highly oxygenated diterpene natural product. After graduation, he joined the University of Utah to work with Professor Jon D. Rainier as a postdoctoral fellow. He was involved in developing new methods to synthesize indoline and benzofuran scaffolds using a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling/oxidative cyclization strategy. Then he moved to Vanderbilt University to join VICB Synthesis Core as a staff scientist.